Renenutet Egyptian Goddess Of The Harvest  

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AS THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF THE HARVEST, "RENENUTET" (SHE WHO REARS) WAS A DEITY PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO GRAPE GROWERS. THIS MADE HER A GODDESS OF WINE AND LED TO MANY PEOPLE SACRIFICING TO HER DURING TIMES OF HARVEST...HOPING THAT THEIR SACRIFICES WOULD LEAD TO FERTILITY AND GROWTH. SHE WAS SOMETIMES VIEWED AS THE WIFE OF SOBEK, WHO WAS OFTEN CREDITED WITH ANNUALLY FLOODING THE NILE AND ALLOWING HARVESTING TO TAKE PLACE. COINCIDENTALLY, THIS ALLOWED HIM TO ALSO BE VIEWED AS A WINE GOD, LEAVING ME TO BELIEVE THAT RENENUTET AND SOBEK'S WEDDING MUST HAVE BEEN OPEN BAR.

IN HER ROLE OF FERTILITY GODDESS, "RENENUTET" WAS KNOWN AS THE "LADY OF FERTILE FIELDS" AND "LADY OF GRANARIES". AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL WAS DEDICATED TO HER HONOR AND SHE WAS OFFERED THE BEST YIELDS OF THE CROPS. THERE WAS ALSO OFTEN A SHRINE DEDICATED TO HER NEAR A WINE PRESS OR VAT, SO SHE COULD RECEIVE THE OFFERINGS OF THE WINE MAKERS.

RENENUTET WAS A GODDESS OF GREAT POWER WHO WAS PORTRAYED WITH THE HEAD OF A SNAKE. HER GAZE, IT WAS SAID, COULD WITHER HER ENEMIES, BUT IT COULD ALSO GRANT GREAT ABUNDANCE TO CROPS AND LIVESTOCK. SHE WAS ALSO THE CARETAKER OF CHILDREN TO WHOM SHE GAVE NOURISHMENT AND A DESTINY, AND IT WAS SAID THAT NEWBORNS HAD HER ON THEIR SHOULDER FROM THEIR FIRST DAY OF LIFE.

THE "HYMN OF RENENUTET" SAYS: "I WILL MAKE THE NILE SWELL FOR YOU","WITHOUT THERE BEING A YEAR OF LACK AND EXHAUSTION IN THE WHOLE LAND","SO THE PLANTS WILL FLOURISH, BENDING UNDER THEIR FRUIT"."THE LAND OF EGYPT IS BEGINNING TO STIR AGAIN","THE SHORES ARE SHINING WONDERFULLY","AND WEALTH AND WELL-BEING DWELL WITH THEM","AS IT HAD BEEN BEFORE".

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